Pro Wrestling Sheet has confirmed Bobby Heenan passed away on Sunday.
The news first broke on Twitter after Jim Ross tweeted, “The news of Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan’s passing today gutted me. I loved our time together. No one ever did it better than the Wease.”
We’re told Bobby’s daughter informed those close to him via Facebook and said he was surrounded by family when he passed. His daughter noted that he’d been sick, but his passing was sudden.
A source close to the Heenan family tells us Bobby became immobile near the end of August and that’s when things began to worsen.
Heenan is, without question, one of the most iconic personalities in wrestling history and his on-screen relationship with fellow announcer Gorilla Monsoon is unforgettable. In 2002, “The Brain” announced he had throat cancer. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame two years later.
Bobby had reconstructive surgery on his jaw in 2007 and it’s been an uphill battle ever since.
CORRECTION: Heenan was 73-years-old. Our initial reported noted that he was 72-years-old.